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rough start farmgirl Posted - Nov 24 2012 : 11:56:01 PM

This is the new home of the Over 50 Farmgirls. This thread originated on the Welcome Wagon Forum. Anyone over the age of 50 is welcome to join in. Feel free to read the older posts for some "history" or just jump in!
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Tall Holly Posted - Jun 05 2023 : 12:57:27 PM
Good afternoon,

Today has been overcast and cool. A fine day to work out in the yard and fields.

We have Seresto collars for our dogs. They are expensive but last six months. So, they cover the fleas and the ticks. We have a husky golden cross with long thick fur so checking is nearly impossible. I cut his fur last week. Not really short but short enough to take off the matted fur. He looks sort of rough now but a lot cleaner.

The guineas chased off the fox a bit ago. I do not want to shoot it but it needs to find a new restaurant.

farmgirl #2499
levisgrammy Posted - Jun 01 2023 : 5:21:40 PM
I hate ticks. We aren't in an area where they are prevalent anymore.

We need rain. It has been very dry. The grass is turning brown quickly. It seems all it did in March and April was rain, now there isn't a drop in sight.

We had a couple resident fox that seemed to think we had a restaurant going just for them. We lost many of our hens to them no matter how snug we made the hens.

Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
Tall Holly Posted - Jun 01 2023 : 12:26:52 PM
Good afternoon,

Last night in the shower I felt a tick on my back. It creeped me out. It was not a disease carrying tick but still......

Temperatures are in the eighties for a few more days. it is unusual for this early in the season. It would be good if we had a bit of rain.

The weather guessers said that we should smell the smoke from the fires in NOva Scotia early in the morning here. I have not but the sunrises have been pretty.

The cows spend most of their days in the cool of the aisle of the barn. Josie is due the end of this month. I would like twins but that is not likely. A healthy calf would be good.

The fox is winnowing down our flock of chickens. The roosters are not any good at protecting the hens. I have failed fencing 101, 201 and 301 so it would be good if the hens could run into the barn to be safe.

farmgirl #2499
Tall Holly Posted - May 24 2023 : 04:04:41 AM
Good morning,

We have big notices on the radio, TV and newspapers before April first to take down birdfeeders because the bear are coming out of hibernation. Some people comply and some do not and then there are stories about what happens to the people's porches and garages because they welcome the bear.

Our friend, Cora died several years ago. She knew she was dying and told everyone that they would know she was present when they woke in the morning and the sky was pink. Cora was a fine artist, poet and compassionate woman. So, now when the sunrise is spectacular we know Cora is watching out for us.

Yesterday, temperatures were in the 60's with sunshine and a light breeze. Today it is overcast with a chance of rain. We could use the rain the ground is dry and there are forest fire warnings.

farmgirl #2499
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - May 22 2023 : 05:18:24 AM
Hot day in Sc too. Finally a sunrise, sure was pretty. The colors were a pink, magenta and peach. Weather guy never mentioned chance of storms. Hmm I say we'll get one, since sunrise was pink-magenta. Or maybe just a rain shower next day or so. Past 11 days mornings either rainy or cloudy.
That time of year to walk early, heat will force me inside for sweet tea. Also need to get into garden early to see what is going on.
A black bear broke/smashed my bird feeders. :( I know 1 was seen last month by neighbors nest camera.

Today's good mood brought to you by coffee

Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
Audra Rose Posted - May 22 2023 : 05:06:18 AM
A warm sunny day in Northern Kentucky. I've been walking the dogs in the morning before it gets too hot.

Farmgirl Sister #6754
Tall Holly Posted - May 22 2023 : 04:21:15 AM
EEEWWWWW the idea of ticks on the dog's gums is nasty. I would not have thought to do that.

Sunshine so far today. I will be in the woods this morning so a check will happen at lunch time.

Enjoy your day.

farmgirl #2499
katmom Posted - May 21 2023 : 4:10:32 PM
Yep, skeeters are out and about and my poor hubby is their snack of choice!

As for Ticks,, dang!!! because we have deer, foxes, coyotes on our property we have to check ourselves as well as our pup for Ticks before coming into the house..
I recently saw a post about checking the dog's gums too for ticks... thank goodness they have a short season here where I live.

Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - May 21 2023 : 3:56:46 PM
Baby lotion helps repel skeeters and no see ums. You can use any brand, be sure your don't buy baby oil.
Apply often.

Today's good mood brought to you by coffee

Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
Tall Holly Posted - May 20 2023 : 2:11:28 PM
Good evening,

The no see'ums are not out yet. I do have a couple of net hats that I found at a yard sale. I have a net suit also. Some body used them for fly fishing. I am glad to have them.

We have seresto collars on our dogs. They are pricey but they keep the ticks and fleas off. One of our dogs is a husky golden mix and has lots of fur. I could not imagine trying to find ticks on him. the collars last 6 months that is the whole season here.

Overcast today.

A couple of days ago I put my chainsaw in a safe place while I worked at pulling a log out of the forest. The log became stuck behind a live tree so I moved the tractor to a new angle and hit my saw with the rear tire that has the spiked chain on it. The chainsaw would not start, the case was cracked. The repair man laughed when I told him how I broke it. I picked it up today. It was less than half the price of purchasing a new saw. I was lucky. I will try to be more careful the next time.

The cherry trees both wild and domestic are in full bloom. They are very pretty. The apple trees are starting to blossom. We had a frost night before last so I hope it did not affect the crop too much.

farmgirl #2499
Audra Rose Posted - May 20 2023 : 03:38:17 AM
She is cute but she ain't little! I have to be careful when I walk her if the land slopes down. She's pulled me through the grass like I was body surfing.
This morning when I let her out she barked at a possum that was on the other side of the fence. The possum was growling a little but wasn't moving.

Farmgirl Sister #6754
Blessed in Colorado Posted - May 19 2023 : 09:05:06 AM
Such a cute little dog Vanessa.

Big Hugs,
Blessed in Oregon
With Colorado on My Mind
Farmgirl of the Month September 2012, February 2018, September 2022
“My altars are My Mountains
and the Ocean.” Lord Byron”

When I am Old I Shall Wear Purple, I am Old now!!

Audra Rose Posted - May 19 2023 : 04:25:07 AM
Ooh, Holly I shuddered when you described the black flies around your face. When I was a girl scout leader we were at a campground that had no see 'ums. Some leaders wore light mesh hoods or body suis. The ticks are out and about here in KY. I always check the dogs but one or two slip by, especially on my Rose.

Farmgirl Sister #6754
Tall Holly Posted - May 18 2023 : 09:59:18 AM
Good afternoon,

We are finally into spring. We had March in like a lion and stayed like a lion for mostly the whole month. April was cold and May in the beginning was April showers. Last night we had a frost. Today we worked outside and there were no black flies, Monday they could have carried anyone away. We put baby oil on to keep the black flies from biting. They stick to our skin but can not get their proboscis through the oil. I do not like the swarms around my face or in my ears.

When I run the chain saw the black flies do not bother me. Must be the exhaust. I have been cutting down trees for firewood. I like to get them down before they leaf out or the birdies go to nest.

The apple trees are budding. The ornamental cherry trees are in full bloom. They are gorgeous. The pinks, magentas and reds contrast with the new greens of the leaves and the grass.

The fox is back to pick off my chickens. I do not want to shoot it but by the end of summer I may not have any mature chickens left. I do not own a gun anyway. I am thinking of a paint ball gun. One of my sons told me to freeze the paintballs and it hurts A LOT on impact. O hjave never shot a wild animal or any animal for that matter.

Stay well,

farmgirl #2499
Audra Rose Posted - Apr 02 2023 : 2:40:12 PM
I am glad you and your family are better, Holly. Being sick is no fun, and on a farm you still need to get up and get things done. Enjoy your bacon and chops!

Betty J., sorry, I didn't see your post earlier. I put them in frozen for 5 minutes at 425 degrees.

Farmgirl Sister #6754
Tall Holly Posted - Apr 02 2023 : 1:22:06 PM
Good afternoon everyone,

Sunny and windy today. The car says in the forties. The wind makes it cool enough to make my forehead under my winter cap feel very cold.

The snow is melting from the bottom as it should. The puddles in the road through the field are half way up my winter boots.

Yesterday, we had our pigs slaughtered. They were a lot smaller than previous years. We had to make the slaughter date when we got them as piglets and the due date was 6 weeks earlier than usual. But, they will be tasty none the less. I put the guts in the second field under a pine tree where I could get the tractor too. We still have 18 inches of snow on the ground in the fields.
Today I took a trail camera out to hang on the tree to see what eats or takes away the skins, heads, and intestines. The ravens were gathered in the trees and some of the guts had been dragged away and some eaten already.

Some of the forest ground is bare on the slopes that face west and get the morning sun. Maple sugar season should be longer this year with the deep snow pack.

A cold has gone through our family. We are better.

Stay well.

farmgirl #2499
Betty J. Posted - Mar 21 2023 : 07:57:21 AM
What temperature in the air fryer?

Betty in Pasco
Audra Rose Posted - Mar 21 2023 : 05:15:29 AM
Nobody else in the house eats them so I freeze them and pop them in the air fryer for 5 minutes and they are delicious and crispy. Today I added plain yogurt and mangoes

Farmgirl Sister #6754
levisgrammy Posted - Mar 20 2023 : 5:32:20 PM
Love that idea Vanessa! I also love waffles.

Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
Jokamartell Posted - Mar 15 2023 : 7:48:57 PM
Great idea, Vanessa!!! :)

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
Audra Rose Posted - Mar 15 2023 : 09:13:58 AM

Step aside Taco Tuesday,it is Waffle Wednesday!

Farmgirl Sister #6754
Audra Rose Posted - Jan 04 2023 : 1:28:42 PM
The first seed catalog of the year arrived yesterday. I'm thinking of Brussel sprouts and okra along with beans and tomatoes. If we get bees, I'll place one hive closer to the garden.
My 2023 resolution is much the same as last year: reduce, reuse and recycle.
Today I got an artificial Christmas tree for a quarter at the Country Closet, along with some tops and books.

Farmgirl Sister #6754
churunga Posted - Jan 02 2023 : 6:19:18 PM
Good use of the pigs as land clearing workers. Aaron is my sister's son and my eldest nephew. I am so happy he can help out.

Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
Tall Holly Posted - Jan 02 2023 : 1:05:00 PM

Vanessa I am glad you grand son Aaron has skills and compassion. Sometimes when people write in non descriptive terms it can be misinterpreted. I am sorry I misinterpreted his situation. I am glad he is a good help.

We are having very warm weather yesterday and today so far. The snow cover is almost gone. I had three round bales delivered today so we will have plenty of outdoor hay for the cows. Josie and Millie take about two weeks to eat through a round bale. It is a wrapped bale so when it is unwrapped it smells very sweet. The like it very much. Using the round bale I do not need to put out hay every day. I use flakes of a square bale inside each evening.

Chris and I built a cow shed two summers ago. We slide the round bale in to it to keep the rain and snow off. Two weeks ago during the big winds the roof blew off and landed about ten feet away. We will have to rebuild it this summer. There is a floor that is now a roof in the cow shed so the round bale can still be out of the weather.

The pigs really enjoy the warm weather. They are in the garden which is now their pen. They are rooting up the ground and eating the Jerusalem Artichoke bulbs that have taken over the area. I am hoping the Jerusalem Artichoke population will be significantly decreased this year.

farmgirl #2499
levisgrammy Posted - Dec 22 2022 : 5:21:39 PM
Well we were a toasty 40 today but now it is raining and expected to go down to -2 tonight with a high of 2 tomorrow. I'm not sure I've ever been where it has had temperatures that low. We may be stuck indoors for a couple of days now.

Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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